Perfect pairings for the year's best wines

What to serve with the best wines of 2009? Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider has the matches

Nut-crusted sole with citrus salsa

With Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 2007

Deep Pocket White of the Year (Santa Cruz Mountains; $60)

Perfect pairing:  Nut-crusted Sole with Citrus Salsa

Why it works:  Chardonnay has a special affinity for sweet nuts like cashews, so wrapping a piece of fish in them and pan-browning the packet, to add some toasty notes, makes a shoo-in pairing.

The Ridge Chardonnay, from the Monte Bello Vineyard on the Silicon Valley side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, has a great, bright edge of citrus that we shamelessly loop into here with a salsa loaded with all the kinds of winter citrus you can find in the market.

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